Making the Most of This Issue


For Families

Sharing Family Heritage

“I am absolutely convinced,” says Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “that the greatest refuge we will find in our life will be those wonderful, close associations we have with our immediate family members.” To read more about how we can strengthen family members by sharing our family heritage, see page 8.

Family Home Evening Ideas

Families from around the world share experiences that have made family home evening an unforgettable experience in their lives. See “Unforgettable Family Home Evenings,” page 60.

For Divorced Single Parents

“Do I wish this particular adversity hadn’t happened? Oh, yes. But it did, and I have learned many things.” For some wise counsel on raising children after divorce, see page 18.

Duty to God

Are you confused about how the Duty to God program is supposed to work? Have you wondered what you can do as a parent to help your son achieve this important award? See page 32.

For Teaching and Gospel Study

Priesthood and Relief Society Lessons

Are you a teacher in Relief Society or in a Melchizedek Priesthood quorum or group? Do you find yourself wondering how to best use the Teachings of Presidents of the Church manuals? For some helpful ideas, see “Learning to Hear the Lord’s Voice,” page 12.

Behavior Problems in Primary

Do you have a child in your Primary class who seems out of control? To learn how one teacher handled this type of problem, see “He Took My Shoe!” page 16.

Women in the Old Testament

Artists’ depictions teach of the strength of righteous women of the Old Testament. See page 38.

Gaining Spiritual Strength

Listening for Spiritual Promptings

“The Lord will often influence our thoughts, words, and actions even when we have not sought specific direction,” writes Margaret S. Lifferth, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency. See “Trust in the Lord Forever,” page 24.

In the Shadow of Death

Facing cancer, the author has discovered a new kind of hope—“the hope of peace and strength; a hope of faith to be fulfilled; a hope, ultimately, in the saving power of Jesus Christ.” See “Living in the Shadow of Death,” page 27.

Spreading the Gospel

Watchmen on the Tower

Earlier in his life, Elder Gary J. Coleman of the Seventy worked as a watchman in a lookout tower in one of the U.S. national forests. His experiences have helped him understand the importance of having priesthood watchmen in the Lord’s towers. See page 64.

From One Nicaraguan to Another

Members’ willingness to share the gospel so others can taste its “beautiful fruit” is helping the Church take root in Nicaragua. See page 48.

The Power of Example

Quiet good deeds and selfless service may seem like small things, but they can have a large impact on people you did not know were watching. See “I Tossed Your Name Aside,” page 58.

Home Teachers, Visiting Teachers

Find the monthly messages on page 2 and page 53.